Emma Raducanu admitted that she didn’t actually want to win by retiring, but she also expressed her happiness at moving on to the Portoroz round of 16. Prior to Yastremska’s injury-related retirement on Monday, Raducanu had a 6-2, 5-3 advantage.
Yastremska’s decision to quit due to a wrist injury also cost Raducanu two points from winning the match. After the match, Raducanu refrained from criticizing Yastremska since she called her “an really vicious competitor.”
According to Raducanu, who spoke to Eurosport, “nobody wants to win owing to a retirement.” “Dayana is a fiercely competitive competitor. I so anticipated a challenging match before it began. I’m incredibly pleased with how I fought hard the entire time and managed to stay in the points.
I’m glad to have advanced to the next round.
For the first time since the US Open, Raducanu triumphs.
Yastremska served out the first game of the match before Raducanu won four straight games with back-to-back breaks to grab a 4-1 lead.
Yastremska was behind by two breaks in the opening set, but she didn’t give up, recovering one break in the sixth game. Raducanu broke again in the seventh game to take the lead 5-2, but Yastremska was still having trouble holding her serve. Raducanu frequently served the first set in the eighth game.
Raducanu opened a 2-1 lead in the second set after obtaining the opening break of the second set in the third game after taking the first set. In the fourth set, Yastremska had an opportunity to regain the lead, but she failed to capitalize on two break points as Raducanu went up 3-1.
Just before Yastremska quit the match in the eighth set, Raducanu established a 5-3 lead and the Ukrainian squandered one more break point. The winner of the match between Elizabeth Mandlik and Anna-Lena Friedsam will face Raducanu next. How far Raducanu can advance in her Portoroz debut is still up for debate.